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Aztec is an Indiana Jones-type action game with adventure elements, featuring our hero's quest to recover a valuable Jade Idol from a maze. Armed with only three sticks of dynamite and a pistol, the hero must get by traps, animals (lots of snakes and panthers), and natives, and find a way to make it out alive.

The value of the Idol is set on the level of difficulty and declines as the game progresses. Thus, the player is awarded with the speed of which a successful recovery can be made. Multiple commands allow for freedom of movement, and expand the adventuring side of the game. The animation used several frames for each creature.

Although the game is somewhat easy on the lower levels of difficulty, the game appears impossible on the highest of the 8 skill levels. The creatures in the maze increase in number and speed, and tend to want to follow you around more. This is difficult however if you want to go to the lower level and there's a hungry jaguar waiting for you.

You walk around exploring boxes and "trash piles". Sometimes a box contains something useful such as a machete, pistol, bullets, dynamite, a health potion, or the idol. Sometimes it contains skulls or bones, or even nothing at all.

The game features some unusual traps. You can walk into a room and the walls start moving in on you, or the ceiling starts dropping on your head. When you die, you have the option of restarting using the maze you just died in. That way, all of your exploring is not wasted.


Aztec Apple II Setting off another trap (although easy to escape)
Aztec Commodore 64 A deadly snake one floor below
Aztec Apple II Setting off a trap
Aztec Apple II Opening Screen

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Aztec Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "Aztec-X" -- Sharp X1 title
  • "アズテック" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Electronic Fun with Computers & Games Apple II Aug, 1983 4 out of 4 100
Personal Computer Games Commodore 64 Jan, 1985 7 out of 10 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari 8-bit Dec, 1986 6.5 out of 10 65
Happy Computer Commodore 64 Jun, 1984 Unscored Unscored
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Apple II May, 1983 Unscored Unscored


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  • YouTube In-Depth View of the Game (The Joy of Computer Gaming, Episode 003 - A video describing the Atari 8-bit version of the game in detail and comparing to the C64 and Apple II versions.)
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